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Alan Albright is a partner in Bracewell's IP litigation group. He routinely counsels his clients regarding patent litigation, licensing, protection and enforcement of trade secrets, as well as a variety of other issues faced by technology companies. Mr. Albright has civil jury trial experience in both state and federal courts, where he has litigated disputes involving patents, trade secrets, employment cases, breach of contract, and Internet-related claims. He has represented clients in the Internet, software, hardware, medical equipment, and semiconductor industries. Mr. Albright also has experience handling antitrust and first amendment issues.
From 1992 to 1999, Mr. Albright served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Austin Division of the Western District of Texas. He also served for several years as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law teaching "Trial Advocacy."
Syntrix Biosystems Inc. v. Illumina Inc. Represented Syntrix Biosystems Inc., a biotechnology research firm, in a patent suit against Illumina in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Syntrix first filed the suit in November 2010, alleging that DNA- and RNA-analyzing products made and sold by Illumina infringed U.S. Patent 6,951,682. After an 11 day jury trial, the court awarded Syntrix $95,795,507 in damages and a 6 percent royalty rate.
In the Matter of Certain Devices Having Elastomeric Gel, Inv. No. 337-TA-732. Represented device manufacturer in pursuing a Section 337 investigation for patent infringement against over 25 respondents.
In the Matter of Certain Integrated Circuits, Chipsets, and Products Containing Same including Televisions, Media Players, and Cameras, Inv. No. 337-TA-709. Representing semiconductor company in pursuing a Section 337 investigation for patent infringement against various consumer electronics manufacturers (currently pending at the International Trade Commission).
OLA v. Builder Homesite, Inc., New Home Technologies LLC, et al. Represented providers of application services for the homebuilding industry against claims of patent infringement, theft of trade secrets, antitrust and related claims in the Eastern District of Texas.
IP Co., LLC d/b/a Intus IQ v. Comverge, Inc., et al. Represented provider of clean energy products and advanced metering solutions against multiple claims of patent infringement; matter settled favorably. (Eastern District of Texas)
Zimmers and Davis v. 3N Global, Inc. Represented provider of emergency notification messaging system in defending against claims of patent infringement in two courts simultaneously; matter settled favorably. (Southern District of Ohio and Central District of California)
Alcatel-Lucent v. Microsoft. Successfully defended software manufacturer in patent litigation in many forums including the Southern District of California and the Eastern District of Texas.
Crossroads Systems v. Pathlight Technology. Successfully represented providers of storage networking solutions against infringing competitor. (Western District of Texas)
Crossroads Systems v. Pathlight Technology. Represented provider of storage networking solutions against infringing competitor at jury trial and obtained favorable settlement immediately before verdict. (Western District of Texas)
Crossroads Systems v. Chaparral Network Storage. Successfully represented provider of storage networking solutions against infringing competitor at jury trial and obtained favorable outcome on appeal. (Western District of Texas and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals)
Microtune v. Broadcom. Successfully represented chipmaker in two patent infringement suits. (Eastern District of Texas)
Cricket Productions and DTR Far East Associates v. RSGA International. Represented the defendant in patent jury trial involving renewable energy flashlights. Case settled favorably during trial. (D. Mass.)
Silicon Services Consortium, et al. v. Applied Materials. Defended semiconductor equipment manufacturer in antitrust suit and also brought allegations of patent infringement on behalf of client. The case settled favorably before trial. (Western District of Texas)
JVC v. Corel. Representing, in pending litigation, a software company against allegations of patent infringement. (Western District of Texas)
BT v. Freescale. Represented a chip manufacturer against allegations of patent infringement. (District of Delaware)
Cirrus Logic v. Wolfson Microelectronics. Represented manufacturer of signal processing components for audio and energy applications in enforcement action in the International Trade Commission.
SigmaTel v. Actions Semiconductor. Represented manufacturer of portable MP3 player technologies in enforcement action in the International Trade Commission.
Publications and Speeches
"Who is Alice and What is She Doing to My Tech Patents?," Austin Business Journal, April 18, 2016
"Is this the end of forum shopping?" Intellectual Property Magazine, March 2016
"Understanding the Defenses and Tactics in a Patent Case" InsideCounsel, October 1, 2015
"Federal Circuit Passes Torch from Juries to Judges for Willful Infringement Determinations," IP Links, November 2012
"Tips and Tactics for Drafting and Using Settlement Licenses in Litigation Post-ResQNet," Intellectual Property Owners Association 40th Annual Meeting, September, 2012
"America Invents Act: Effects of Changes in Defense on Conduct of Litigation," American Intellectual Property Law Association, Spring Meeting, May 2012
"Patent Litigation in Texas-2009 and Beyond," TexasBarCLE - 5th Annual Advanced Patent Litigation Course, Lake Tahoe (July 2009)
J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 1984
B.A., with honors, Trinity University, 1981
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
State Bar of Texas
Federal Bar Association
Austin Intellectual Property Association
Texas Bar Foundation
Chambers & Partners, Chambers USA, Intellectual Property, 2010-2012, 2016
Woodward/White, Inc., Best Lawyers, Litigation - Patent, 2013, 2016-2017; Intellectual Property Law, 2007-2008, 2011-2012, 2017
Globe Business Publishing Ltd., IAM Patent 1000, 2011-2013, 2015-2016
Thomson Reuters, Texas Super Lawyers, 2006-2016
Texas Law Review